As I was looking at the front cover of the Book of Mormon recently, I pondered on the declaration, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” I knew every page, thought, word, and verse testified of the Savior, but I also wondered if any of the authors wrote a PERSONAL, heartfelt testimony of JESUS CHRIST, such as we do in our fast and testimony meetings – FOR US! If they did, I wanted to read them in that light, imagining them walking up to the pulpit and offering their testimony of the Savior of the World!
I spent the next five hours in the Book of Mormon, turning each and every page from beginning to looking for these testimonies, and…THEY WERE THERE! I wrote each one down. This new insight has blessed me beyond measure. The Spirit I felt as I searched, read, and recorded these testimonies of the Savior touched me in a way I can never forget.
Enjoy these testimonies of Jesus Christ from faithful, ancient authors – they were written for you.
Nephi, a great prophet in the Book of Mormon stated:
“And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.”
The chapter heading, above Nephi’s words, reads: “Nephi’s words are true – They testify of Christ.”
The authors of the Book of Mormon have shared their personal, heartfelt testimonies of the Savior – with us! These testimonies are beautiful! Their words are filled with the Spirit of God! They give glory, praise and honor to the King. They point us to the Master.
Their words are true. They testify of Christ.
In their own words…
“My joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God…Who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part of which I feel….He has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding he comprehendeth all things and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name….This is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God.” (Alma 26)
“Blessed be the name of God…For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name.” (Alma 19)
“Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O King, there is a God!” (Alma 22)
“I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it. He shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name.” (Alma 34)
“O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!….I know there is a God, and also that Christ shall come.” (Alma 28, 30)
“God has delivered me from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me. I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him forever.” (Alma 36)
“I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality; and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he shall say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father.” (Enos 1)
“Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day and my heart doth magnify his holy name….I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.” (2 Nephi 25, 33)
“Blessed is the name of our God; for behold, it is he that hath delivered us; yea, that has done this great thing for us.” (Alma 57)
Nephi (Son of Helaman)
“I know that these things are true because the Lord God has made them known unto me, therefore I testify that they shall be.” (Helaman 7)
“An angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me, and he did bring glad tidings to my soul. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings.” (Helaman 13, 14)
“I have reason to bless my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem, and that he hath given me and my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our souls…Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words….Yea, as the Lord liveth so shall it be.”
May the grace of God the Father whose throne is high in the heavens, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who sitteth on the right hand of his power, until all things shall become subject unto him, be, and abide in you forever.” (3 Nephi 5, Moroni 7, 8)
“I have seen Jesus, and…he hath talked with me face to face, and…he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things.” (Ether 12)
“I declare these things unto the fulfilling of the prophecies. And behold, they shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the everlasting God; and his word shall hiss forth from generation to generation. And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true.” (Moroni 10)
God the Father
“Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name – hear ye him.” (3 Nephi 11)
Jesus Christ – The Son of God
“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world….And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.” (3 Nephi 11)
Truly, the Book of Mormon is ‘Another Testament of Jesus Christ’.
April McMurtrey is the author of the blog http://www.somethingtoshoutabout.org/, designed for LDS member missionaries worldwide. She also enjoys her service as a Response Team Member for lds.org, as well as serving in her ward and community. April is an educator, author, wife and mother of 3. She has proclaimed herself to be “Member Missionary Work’s #1 Fan!”